Tuesday, March 10, 2015
a couple of really beautiful days!
it's been a beautiful, couple of bright days around the Manor! we have been taking lots of dips in the hottub and taking lots of walks around the yard. it's also been pretty mild but the temps are still dropping low at night so not much snow is melting. this is the longest spell of "staying" snow that we have had since we moved here in 2010! we don't mind though - we can smell spring in the air - woohoo!
here's a different take on our normal romaine salad - there's peppers, olives, artichoke hearts, onions, avocado and the usual suspects in the dressing - EVOO, garlic, ginger, honey and lemon. with a bit of brie and grapes on the side. it makes for a refreshing and light dinner to keep you going until afternoon snack-break.
one of my favourite suppers - and no, it's not fancy but i just love it - shepherd's pie! yummeh! with seasonal corn that we froze last august and peas right from our garden. deelish.
the man, jam, has been working every day on contract for a local business and he is doing some amazing work! on saturday he dug through all of his stereo stuff in order to go down to our community centre with our friend s and set up our stereo system.
this saturday night is our st. patrick's day dance and since we haven't had a dance since new year's eve - we are all pretty jazzed to meet up. it should be a blast!
i've been making bone and veg broth over the past few days. i usually bring it up to a boil on the first day and let it simmer for several hours then put it on the porch overnight. the next day i bring it in and repeat. then back out on the porch the second night and on the third day bring it in and simmer it for several hours. later today we will strain the broth and it will go back on the porch overnight. then first thing tomorrow morning, i will bring it back up to a boil for about 30mins, get my jars and lids ready, and then we'll can 19 pints. it is fun to make and can or freeze your own home-made stock!
here's another delicious dinner that is light but full of good things for your body.
that's quinoa, parsley and peppers with the same dressing as above and some carrots and celery with artichoke dip, and roasted red pepper hummus.
kids - i know i post a lot of pics of food on this blog but food is my passion! with the man working as hard as he does, i like to be sure that he is well-fed - it's what enables him to dig trenches and dance the whole night away. it's good for me to eat well too. food is incredibly important in staying healthy and can also act as preventative medicine. if you are interested - here is a post i did about the Framboise Manor diet.
anyway, it has been a beautiful couple of days, spring is in the air, i've been sorting seeds and getting ready to start some seeds indoors next week. woohoo - i love spring!
i hope that you all have also been enjoying march, wherever you are!